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Xbox Series X|S Outsells PS5 in South Africa

Xbox Series X|S Outsells PS5 in South Africa - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 August 2021 / 2,420 Views

The Xbox Series X|S has been outselling the PlayStation 5 in South Africa since the consoles launched in November, according to two major retailers, BT Games and Raru, who spoke with MyBroadband.

Retailer Raru revealed it has sold twice as many Xbox Series X|S consoles as it has PlayStation 5 consoles. BT Games did not say how much better the Xbox Series X|S has sold. 

Both retailers did add that there is more demand for the PS5 than the Xbox Series X|S when you look at pre-orders and the number of consoles on people's wishlists. The reason the Xbox Series X|S has sold better is that it has had better stock available. 

Xbox Series X|S Outsells PS5 in South Africa

"It would be fair to say any new PS5 console allocations will be snapped up pretty quickly as soon as they become available again," said Raru. 

"On the PS5 console front, we received three different allocation sizes last year," the retailer added. "A smallish one for launch, then a much bigger one for the second drop late in December, and a tiny supplemental drop just before the end of year as well."

Raru has received a "much bigger allocation" of the Xbox Series X|S when compared to the PS5. 

"Since then though the Xbox Series X console stock has all been sold out for the past month or two. There is however some limited stock available again on the Xbox Series S console."

Raru is expecting to get more stock this coming week, however, these consoles have already been sold. It is expecting the next batch after that to not arrive until April. 

Xbox Series X|S Outsells PS5 in South Africa

The Xbox distributor in South Africa, Prima Interactive, said it has been getting a decent supply of Xbox Series X|S consoles with new stock coming in every month since it launched in November. 

The Official PlayStation distributor in South Africa, Gamefinity, said component shortages on the PS5 and PS4 means supply constraints will last into the second half of this year. It does expect more PS5 stock will be available in South Africa starting in March. 

"Demand has been unprecedented, far exceeding those of the previous generations," said Gamefinity.

"Limited, if any stock, has as yet made it onto retailer shelves and unlikely to do so in the coming months as retailers service lists of customers who have expressed interest."


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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10 Comments
shikamaru317 (on 07 February 2021)

Sounds like the stock situation is abysmal there for both consoles, just less abysmal for Xbox. Retailer says they already sold out of all upcoming Xbox Series shipments through April, and it sounds like the situation is even worse for PS5.

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Random_Matt (on 07 February 2021)

Stock sucks everywhere, whoever has more, sells more, shocking.

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KratosLives (on 08 February 2021)

What's the point of this article? We all know supply issues everywhere.

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Real (on 08 February 2021)

Awesome 👍👍👍

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EnricoPallazzo (on 08 February 2021)

I wonder if this will have an unpredicted positive impact for Xbox. A lot of people wants new gen systems and since you cant find PS5 anywhere you just end up buying an Xbox, which may create attachment with gaming pass. So in the end We should see a huge advantage for PS5 based on what PEOPLE WANT but in the end we might see closer numbers based on what PEOPLE CAN FIND.

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Libara EnricoPallazzo (on 08 February 2021)

I understand certain people can't handle when xbox sells well but this is some rather epic stretch of logic. I wish I had the money to spend $500 on something I don't want.

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Dante9 Libara (on 08 February 2021)

If you have another explanation for why this one, seemingly random market is so anomalous regarding these sales, I'd like to hear it.

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chakkra Dante9 (on 08 February 2021)

Well, it was actually outlined in the article that this is a demand vs stock thing. We already saw that the XS sold better in January in the UK, and the last couple of weeks has sold better in Spain as well, so it looks like Xbox stocks are improving. And you know, smaller chips (as in with fewer transistors) have historically been easier to manufacture than their bigger counterparts, so it is possible that AMD is being able to produce more Series S chips at the moment than the others.

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EnricoPallazzo Libara (on 09 February 2021)

Well, that is what I did... not going to wait until 2022 to play next gen games, so I though maybe other people can do the same since at this moment there is a lot of early adopters buying the system. And I fell in love with game pass. But what do I know, Im just a guy that loves logic streching.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 07 February 2021)

And I thought xbox legit won haha, in the US people will kill just to get a ps5

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